Giuseppe Furino

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Giuseppe Furino
Juventus FC - 1974 - Giuseppe Furino (Training Session).jpg
Furino with Juventus in 1974
Personal information
Full name Giuseppe Furino
Date of birth (1946-07-05) 5 July 1946 (age 73)
Place of birth Palermo, Italy
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966–1968 Savona 61 (7)
1968–1969 Palermo 27 (1)
1969–1984 Juventus 361 (8)
Total 449 (16)
National team
1970–1974 Italy 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 June 2009

Giuseppe Furino (Italian pronunciation: [dʒuˈzɛppe fuˈriːno]; born 5 July 1946 in Palermo)[1] is a retired Italian footballer who played as a midfielder. A small yet tenacious and physical player, Furino was nicknamed Furia, and was known for his work-rate and energy in midfield, as well as his ability to break down possession as a defensive midfielder, although he was also gifted with good technical skills. He began his club career with Savona in 1966, and later spent a season with Palermo in 1968. In 1969, he moved to Juventus, where he remained for 13 seasons, also serving as the club's captain, and achieved great success, winning several domestic and international titles, including an Italian record of eight Serie A championships. At international level, he represented Italy at the 1970 FIFA World Cup, where he won a runners-up medal.

Club career[edit]

Having originally started his career at Juventus as a youngster he played for Savona Calcio and U.S. Città di Palermo.

He made his Serie A debut for Palermo against Cagliari on 29 August 1968, and he then transferred to Juventus for the 1969–70 season.[2]

Furino made his debut for Juventus in a Coppa Italia match against Mantova F.C. on 31 August 1969. He was to go on and play for Juventus for 15 successive seasons, with his last match coming against Avellino on 6 May 1984. In all he made 361 Serie A appearances for Juventus, and 528 in all senior competitions for them, scoring 19 goals, also serving as the team's captain.[2][3]

Furino (right) versus A.C. Milan's Gianni Rivera in 1973.

He won eight Italian league championships with Juventus. This is the most Italian titles a player has won, a record he shares with Giovanni Ferrari and Gianluigi Buffon (Virginio Rosetta also won eight national championships, but three of them came before the formation of a professional Serie A).[4] During his time with Juventus, he also won the Coppa Italia twice, as well as an UEFA Cup, and a European Cup Winners' Cup, also reaching the European Cup final in 1973 and 1983, as well as the 1973 Intercontinental Cup final.[5]

International career[edit]

Furino played three times for the Italy national football team between 1970 and 1974, and he also took part at the 1970 FIFA World Cup with Italy, where they reached the final. He made his international debut during the tournament, in Italy's match against Uruguay on 6 June 1970, coming on as a substitute for Angelo Domenghini.[1][6]

Style of play[edit]

Despite his small stature, Furino was a tenacious and tactically versatile player, who excelled in his defensive midfield role due to his strong physique. Nicknamed "Furia" (Fury) by the Juventus fans, he was known as an aggressive, hard-working, and hard-tackling ball-winner, whose main attributes were his pace, stamina, and his ability to read the game. He was also a team player, and he possessed good technical ability despite his playing role.[3][5][7][8][9][10]



Juventus F.C.[5]




  1. ^ a b "Giuseppe Furino". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.
  2. ^ a b "Giuseppe Furino". Juventus player stats by season (in Italian). Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  3. ^ a b Stefano Bedeschi (5 July 2013). "Gli eroi in bianconero: Giuseppe FURINO". (in Italian). Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  4. ^ Roberto Di Maggio (12 May 2011). "Italy - Players With Four or More Championships". RSSSF. Retrieved 3 November 2011.
  5. ^ a b c d Sergio Rizzo. "Furino, Giuseppe". (in Italian). Treccani: Enciclopedia dello Sport, 2002. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Nazionale in cifre: Furino, Giuseppe". (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  7. ^ Alberto Rossetto (10 February 2014). "Giuseppe Furino, il mediano con due cuori che spegneva i campioni: "Ma a Sivori feci un tunnel"". (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Giuseppe Furino, indomito capitano". (in Italian). Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  9. ^ Salvatore Campana (22 May 2010). "Beppe Furino, un faticatore inesauribile". (in Italian). Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  10. ^ "68 anni di Furia". (in Italian). 5 July 2014. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Pietro Anastasi
Juventus F.C. captains
Succeeded by
Gaetano Scirea